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Review: Misa Social Robot



Misa Social Robot is a next-generation smart robot that is targeted at families and kids. Misa responds to ‘Hey Misa’ and can do a lot of things such as play/teach children, handle daily schedules and tasks, offer home automation and surveillance, and even support elderly care. And it comes programmed in ten languages such as French, English, Dutch, German, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and Korean.

Upon opening the box, you get the Misa robot, which is available in two colour options – pink and blue. The one we received for this review was pink in colour. You also get some paperwork including the command list, the quick start guide, and the charger along with the power adapter, which includes four USB ports. You also get two microphones for karaoke sessions – one in pink and one in blue colour.

The Misa Social Robot comes with a 7-inch screen on the front, that offers a resolution of 1280-by-700 pixels. It is powered by a Quad-Core 1.8GHz processor, comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage space. The robot is powered by the Android 9.0 operating system, and it comes packed with an HD Camera and an AR Camera. It also comes with a dual microphone, and a bunch of sensors such as a touch sensor, drop sensor, range sensor, and an ultrasonic sensor to avoid obstacles.

The battery is rated at 10000mAh, which offers a standby time of 48 hours and a talk time of 8 hours on a single charge. It weighs around 1.19-kgs and is compatible with both Android and iOS devices.

Once you switch on Misa, you go through an intuitive setup procedure. Connect it to your WiFi network, scan the QR code to download the Misa Connect App, then connect the app to the Misa robot. To do that, scan the QR code on Misa’s screen and the app will immediately connect to it. Next, name your Misa robot and you will be good to go.

In order to ask Misa a question, all you need to do is say, “Hey Misa,” followed by a question, and Misa will get to work on an answer. Since Misa is connected to the internet, the variety of questions you can ask is endless. Especially if you have very inquisitive kids like mine, who ask a thousand questions a day, simply direct them to Misa to handle those questions!

In addition, since Misa comes with four wheels and a bunch of sensors all around it, it can move around the house with ease. Simply say “Hey Misa, Come Here!” and Misa will come rolling towards you. You can even move Misa throughout your house to monitor your kids and pets. 

At first glance, the Misa Social Robot might look like another overpriced toy. But just a toy, it is not! It is a robot that packs in features such as home automation, security, social interactions with the expression of emotions, and it can also act as an assistance robot for seniors and family. It features Child Monitoring through the app, edutainment, multimedia playback, can work as a personal assistant, and more. It can do chores like book a hotel, display a recipe, play music, show real-time stock prices, and lots more, through voice commands.

For a price of AED 999, you get a robot that offers all of the above-mentioned features, in addition to coming packed with thousands of hours of safe and ad-free games, books, learning apps, and videos all from top family brands such as Little Miss, The Moomins, Mr. Bean, Peter Rabbit, Mr. Men, and so on. You can even remotely monitor your home and control Misa to move around remotely using the app. 

Misa also lets you make video calls, set alarms, teach good habits, tell stories, play music, play videos, indulge in karaoke sessions, and lots more. Furthermore, you can also create a personalised display message on its screen to surprise your family members and friends – possibly a Birthday message on their birthdays or a personalised message on their anniversaries. Considering all of that, Misa comes across as a truly worthwhile investment. The Misa Social Robot thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice Award!

Price: AED 999

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Monkey Distribution to Open More Funko Stores in the Region



Monkey Distribution, the official franchise operator for Funko in the United Arab Emirates, has unveiled plans for an extensive retail expansion in the region. Set to launch in December, two new Funko stores will join the thriving retail landscape, building on the success of Monkey Distribution’s inaugural Funko franchise at Dubai Hills Mall last year.

The upcoming locations are poised to offer a diverse product range encompassing various categories within the expansive Funko universe. From a plethora of collectables to trendy Loungefly fashion accessories, games, toys, and more, consumers can anticipate a vibrant pop culture experience.

The first of the two new Funko stores will make its debut within Dubai Mall, situated on the second floor, starting December 1, 2023. Known as the world’s largest destination for shopping, entertainment, and leisure, Dubai Mall provides a fitting backdrop for Funko enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the brand’s captivating offerings. Subsequently, on December 15, 2023, Abu Dhabi will witness the opening of another Funko store within Reem Mall, also on the second floor.

Funko’s Chief Commercial Officer, Andy Oddie said, “We are excited to announce the opening of our new partnership stores as we increase our footprint in the United Arab Emirates region this December. The expansion is a testament to the demand for our unique pop culture products and reflects our commitment to providing our global fanbase with regional retail experiences.”

The eagerly awaited Funko store in Dubai Mall is set to offer an exclusive 96-square-meter retail experience for shoppers, while the Funko destination in Reem Mall will provide a 94-square-meter immersive world for customers. These new locations are poised to serve as vibrant and captivating portals into the expansive universe of a globally renowned entertainment and lifestyle brand.

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CORSAIR Launches its Versatile Modular Desk Called Platform:6



During Gamescom, Corsair unveiled the Platform:6, marking their debut in the gaming desk arena. Boasting height adjustability and a plethora of modular add-ons to cater to your current and future gaming setup requirements, the Platform:6 is now primed for its official release.

This expansive desk, the Platform:6, offers the choice of an optional motor for altering its height, granting you the flexibility to sit or stand as you desire.

Corsair has meticulously engineered it to seamlessly accommodate its entire product range, spanning from peripherals to Elgato accessories, thereby enabling a complete streaming setup, complete with lighting solutions.

The Platform:6 caters to a wide array of modern lifestyles, whether you’re a dedicated PC gamer or a remote worker seeking an organized workspace within the confines of your home.

This desk spans a substantial six feet in width and can be shipped in various configurations, allowing buyers to select their preferred surface material and make enhancements, such as adding an expandable rail system or incorporating the Elgato Multi Frame to house all their streaming equipment.

Desk extension kits and sideboards are also available for purchase, allowing you to expand your desk’s size if you discover the need for more space. Corsair additionally offers power strips and cable boxes to help you neatly organize your wires and maintain a clean and orderly setup.

For those interested, the Platform:6, along with its assortment of accessories and extensions, can now be found on the Corsair webstore.

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MOTIONGATE Dubai Launches Spooktacular Fright Nights: Volume VI



As Halloween descends upon MOTIONGATE Dubai, the mysterious Taleweaver, a masterful narrator tucked away in a decaying library within the Nightmare Dimension is turning words into frightening reality, bringing haunting legends and nightmares to life. Prepare for spine-tingling adventures as the Middle East’s largest Hollywood-inspired theme park returns for the sixth season of the biggest Halloween Fright Nights yet. 

From 30th September to 31st October 2023, guests can immerse themselves in an array of Halloween activities at MOTIONGATE Dubai with this year’s theme – ‘Curse of the Taleweaver’. This year, memorable stories such as Dracula, The Boogeyman and Midas will come alive at the park. Transforming into the United Arab Emirates’ spookiest family destination, MOTIONGATE Dubai’s Fright Nights: Volume VI will run Wednesdays to Sundays from 4 p.m. onwards, promising an unforgettable Halloween experience.  

Experience hair-raising adventures with MOTIONGATE Dubai’s lineup of spooky fun, including 13 immersive horror experiences, scare zones, monster meet and greets, thrilling live stage shows, and a haunting parade for an unforgettable time. 

Embark on five captivating spooky experiences led by the mysterious Taleweaver, who is bringing everyone’s childhood nightmares to life. Inspired by hair-raising folk legends and myths, the Taleweaver guarantees an unforgettable and bone-chilling experience. 

Located in Studio Central, guests can experience the Golden Curse as they explore the chambers of King Aurelius, whose touch turns everything to gold. Step into these gilded corridors for a bone-chilling immersive experience but beware as golden soldiers lurk in the shadows of King Aurelius’ labyrinth. Oh, and be wary of what you touch! 

Over at The Twilight Mirror, silence reigns in the ominous manor. Listen closely as the walls whisper tales of dread. The audio experience promises screeches and goosebumps.  

For a darker encounter, brave souls can venture into the medieval dungeons of The Forsaken Piper in Underworld, Columbia Pictures zone. Summoning a horde of rats, the Pied Piper has transformed the prison into a realm of ruin, disease, and despair, a haunting testament to the piper’s nightmarish lair awaiting unsuspecting guests. No kids allowed.

An ancient passage tucked within the Columbia Pictures zone; Wraith’s Lament is guarded by eerie phantoms with sensitive hearing. A smart scholar made magical bells to disrupt the phantoms and make a path forward. In this interactive experience, guests can ring the bells to find their way, but they should be careful of the lurking phantoms. 

Suitable for Halloween buffs of all ages, the Grim Tales: Dracula in Hotel Transylvania offers a spine-tingling experience where terror takes centre stage. Within the Taleweaver’s library, filled with scary books, horror comes to life as guests are immersed in the tales of Dracula.  

Prepare for screams and spine-chilling adventures as unsuspecting guests will encounter haunting characters as they venture into the spooky scare zones. Guests will be taken back to the 1950s as they walk through Nightshade Street, where innocent children playing with unknown forces cast their street into an eternal abyss. Now, until eternity, the creepy giggles of once-innocent children, echo as they revel in the screams of terrified guests. 

For a more thrilling experience, guests can enter the haunted tent in Zombieland, Columbia Pictures, where the Freakshow of the century unfolds. As the tent veils rise, manic laughter fills the eerie room, setting the stage for spine-tingling entertainment. Both young and old can enter the Haunted Graveyard at the Hollywood Theatre. Ruled by the crypt keeper, each step on the decayed soil awakens restless spirits, promising laughter and (mostly) screams. 

With a mix of spine-tingling excitement, MOTIONGATE Dubai’s captivating parades and shows are sure to keep guests of all ages engaged and entertained. Get ready for a scary live stage show as The Hollywood Theatre hosts The Taleweaver’s Nightmare Emporium, offering a chilling narration as myths and legends come to life before guests’ eyes.  

Over at Studio Central, guests can witness the Midnight Tales street parade unfold, led by the mysterious Taleweaver, who summons terrifying creatures and manipulates nightmares, creating a mesmerising spectacle. The boundary between reality and imagination fades further with The Tale Weaver’s Short Stories, where guests, young and old, can enjoy family-friendly short stories from the mastermind himself that promise to captivate and thrill.  

“Trick or treat?” Get ready for delightful meet-and-greets with the mischievous Candy Goblin, a playful trickster known for two things: his love of games, especially hide and seek, and his sweet tooth. Guests who have the skill to catch him will receive a tasty reward of delicious candies. Halloween lovers can also meet The Boogeyman in Studio Central, who lurks at the corner with mysterious and clever tricks that challenge even the bravest’s wits and courage.  

Moreover, the park’s beloved characters will don Halloween-themed attire and eagerly greet their fans. For the younger ones, the charming Smurfs Village is back with its annual Trick-or-Treat activities. Here, children can fully immerse themselves in the Halloween spirit as their favourite Smurf-y friends distribute candy, creating delightful memories that will last a lifetime. 

Are you ready to face your fears? MOTIONGATE Dubai’s biggest Fright Nights Volume VI is here and it promises to be an absolute scream.

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